As we entered the men’s department of Bloomingdale’s in Garden City, New York, I felt my heart sink when Alex was immediately drawn to what appeared to be a men’s leather jacket with an attached hoodie. Before I could bat an eyelash, Alex removed the jacket from the hanger to try it on. I carefully inspected the jacket’s shell which seemed like real leather to me, and checked the inside label for verification before I denied my son the cool jacket (may I add that it was quite reasonably priced!).
Guess what? The cool jacket with the attached hoodie made by Levi’s was faux leather! And Alex looked so happy to be wearing it! The grey hoodie is attached to the faux leather shell, and cannot be removed. There are zippers on both the grey hoodie and the faux leather shell. Very cute!
Here are some close-ups…
Alex was also drawn to the clothing by Alternative Apparel. I am a huge fan of Alternative Apparel’s clothing because they are so comfortable and soft, and the company has a strong commitment to being socially responsible. Alternative Apparel upholds ethical labor standards and makes their clothes with recycled and organic materials. They are also mindful of using eco-friendly wash and dye methods.
In addition to a few of Alternative Apparel’s tee shirts, Alex chose Alternative Earth’s Rocky Eco-Fleece Zip Hoodie in Eco True Red. This Rocky Zip Hoodie comes in 12 colors. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $54.00.
We also bought this great Left-Field Tee in the color Eco Cooper Tan…
Alex’s other favorite brand of clothing is Threads 4 Thought, another highly ethical company. Since Bloomingdale’s didn’t have their complete Fall line in yet, we didn’t make any Threads 4 Thought purchases today. However, last year Alex chose these great pullover shirts which he enjoyed throughout the year. This is another company which I highly recommend, and you can find their clothing line at Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom’s.
Click here to read my post about Threads 4 Thought and last year’s shopping day with Alex.
I was motivated to buy some ethical footwear for Alex too, but I think he had had enough shopping for one day. If I were to choose footwear for him, he would be wearing these Brighton’s from Macbeth footwear in Black/Cement…
Or these Matthew Sneakers from Macbeth…
Or these Brooklyn Boots from Vegetarian Shoes…
These sneakers, shoes, and boots are available at Moo Shoes. Unfortunately, the “back-to-college” shoes he will choose has nothing to do with what I would pick, so I think I’ll have no choice but to be grateful for that faux leather jacket.
Hope you enjoyed a peek into my little shopping spree with my son.
Click here to read Ellen’s post Pleather for 2013.
Click here to read my post Model Freja Beha Erichsen and Mother Jeans Create Vegan-Friendly Pants For Charity.